Dr. Abdul-azeez Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor

‘EndSARS Panel’s report has exposed Sanwo-Olu as a serial liar’ – Jandor, calls for governor’s ‘honorable resignation’

Initiator of the Lagos4Lagos political movement and factional group of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Dr. Abdul-azeez Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, has urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to resign from office for ‘lying to Lagosians.’

Dr. Abdul-azeez Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor

It would be recalled that on Monday, the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry (JPI) on #EndSARS submitted its final report to the Lagos Government, in which it clearly established that the Nigerian Army fired live ammunition at peaceful protesters at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, last year.

The panel chaired by Justice Doris Okuwobi submitted two reports of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for victims of SARS related abuses and other matters to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

The two reports submitted by the Panel to Lagos State Government are on investigation on petitions on several abuses and killings by the Nigerian Police, especially the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the October 20, 2020 Lekki Toll Gate shootings during the EndSARS protests hijacked by hoodlums.

Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The panel in its reports also found the security operatives culpable in the shooting incident on account of the ‘deliberate absence of officers of the Nigerian Army who were present at the Lekki Toll Gate and who were summoned by the Panel was a calculated attempt to conceal material evidence from the Panel.’

The panel was inaugurated on October 19, 2020, to look into complaints of citizens against human rights abuses by the police, on the heels of the outrage that trailed the shooting of peaceful protesters who had converged on the Lekki Toll Gate to protest highhanded and professional misconduct of security operatives attached to the now-disbanded Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) Unit of the Nigeria Police.

The Panel sat for well over one year and took testimonies of petitioners, witnesses, experts and lawyers.

The panel listed 48 names as casualties of the incident.

Reacting to the panel’s report which also indicted the state government, Adediran, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kasim Bakare, Wednesday, in Lagos recalled that Governor Sanwo-Olu had initially denied reports of any loss of lives, but later admitted in an interview with a CNN journalist, Becky Anderson, that ‘only two persons were killed.’

According to Adediran, the Governor had also earlier denied his role in the invitation of the Army in the unfortunate incident.

The statement recalled that Adediran had in a statement after the incident stated that “the peaceful protests got escalated to shocking dimensions, largely due to poor judgement and ill-timed decisions of the government”.

He also stated that the buck passing and blame game by the Governor was untenable noting that the capacity of the Governor as the Chief Security Officer of the state requires him to take responsibility for the security of Lagosians.

“In other climes, we would not even be having to the discussion on whether the Governor should resign at this juncture. He has lost the confidence of Lagosians on several issues. Twice, he lied on the number of casualties of the Lekki incident.

“The casualty figure and the government’s involvement in the invitation of the Army in the panel’s report have exposed the Governor as a serial liar. The honourable thing for him to do is to resign and stop deceiving Lagosians who are constantly at the receiving end of his maladministration.

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